Mounjoy Square

Georgian Square

Coal holes in resplendent decoration

a reminder of darker times

when sulphurous clouds would hang low

over Georgian squares in colonial lands.

Now they are redundant

as the empirical reign

elegant existence of ornament

tread by unknowing feet.

Under the murky orange glow

plaind throw their shadowy forms

on granite edged pavements

cracked and wearing of pedestrian lives.

The dark square rests for the evening

secured by iron, padlock and chain,

illuminated glazing overlooks,

over-priced tenancies in tired gaze.

Splendour of the past time

preserves for our aesthetic

problems for the present

hidden with Georgian style.

– Ciaran Burke